State Bio

Capital City: Des Moines

Location: 41.57673 N, 093.61740 W

Area: 56276 sq.mi, 26th Land 55875 sq. mi., 23rd – Water 401 sq.mi., 44th

Biographies: Famous Iowans

Bird: Eastern Goldfinch

Border States: Illinois – Minnesota – Missouri – Nebraska – South Dakota – Wisconsin

Constitution: 29th State

County Profile: 99 Counties

Economy: Agriculture: Hogs, corn, soybeans, oats, cattle, dairy products. Industry: Food processing, machinery, electric equipment, chemical products, printing and publishing, primary metals.

Flag: Having three vertical stripes blue, white and red the Iowa flag resembles the flag of France. On the white stripe is a bald eagle carrying a blue streamer in its beak. The state motto ” Our Liberties We Prize, and Our Rights We will Maintain” is written on the streamer. The name of the state is emblazoned in red letters.

Flower: Wild Prairie Rose rosa pratincola Geographic Center: Story, 5 mi northeast of Ames

Governor: Chet Culver (D)

Highest Point: High Point; 1670 feet, 42nd

Highway Markers: Iowa Resource Manual

Historic Landmarks: Search Iowa

Largest Cities: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo

Library: Iowa

Lowest Point: Juction of Mississippi & Des Moines rivers; 480 feet, 38th


Motto: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain

Nickname: Hawkeye State

Population: 2,982,085

Song: The Song of Iowa

words by: S.H.M. Byers

Statehood: December 28, 1846

Topography: Watershed from northwest to southeast; soil especially rich and land level in the north central region.

Tree: Oak Quercus

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